Black Beauty

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Black Tea
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Chocolate, Fruity, Smooth, Caramel, Cocoa, Roasted, Burnt Sugar, Malt, Milk, Apricot, Dark Bittersweet, Honey, Jam, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Grain, Herbaceous, Mineral, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tannin, Baked Bread, Earth
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Edit tea info Last updated by Jason
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 9 oz / 257 ml

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  • “Ironically, & purely by coincidence (although there are no coincidences), I drank this one the last time I woke up ridiculously early. Anyway, this one is, without a doubt, my favorite black...” Read full tasting note
  • “Another tea from Terri – so many teas to try and so little time! I had this one earlier today and it was delicious! I have a sneaking suspicion that i’m going to be struggling with keeping my...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is a lovely tea from Mandala that I’ve had for a little while but haven’t had the chance to post a review on. I was also having problems grabbing the larger photo for this so if anyone can get...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you ifjuly for sending me such a generous sample of this. Anyone who follows me knows that I am a HUGE Mandala fan, they also know that I “call them as I see them” when it comes to logging...” Read full tasting note

From Mandala Tea

Black Beauty is a very fitting name for this wonderful tea! If you are a fan of Keemun style black teas, you will want to try this one. Most of our customers and myself, now prefer this over the Keemun black. It is wonderfully sweet, almost chocolatey and little to no astringency present!

The tea liquor is clear and longer steepings will give it a slightly red hue.

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142 tasting notes

I won’t try to describe the taste – that has been very well accomplished by others, so I second them all. What I can add is that in today’s black tea face off, it easily beats Black Gold for me, as the bold but sweet flavor/no astringency combination is knocking my socks off. This will have to square off against yesterday’s Golden Needle, and I suspect it will win there too. (I am not a huge black tea fan, so, with the exception of some flavored varieties, yeah, I’m really just looking to keep one or two black teas around.) UPDATE: Very strange. Most black teas make me feel stressed and panicky, but no such effect with this one.

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37 tasting notes

This is a lovely black tea. It’s different than my favorite Mandala black, Black Gold, but unique to itself. Very malty and fragrant, with hints of subtle sweetness.

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Caramel, Earth, Malt

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML

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43 tasting notes

I could have sworn I’d already written a note for this one, but I can’t seem to find it. I absolutely love this tea. I’m drinking it while I work on a writing project, and it’s very comforting. It’s sweet, not astringent, but not weak either. It’s kind of starchy and chocolately and would go nicely with a pastry. In fact, I’m baking right now so I can have a little treat to go with this fantastic tea. It reminds me favorably of Golden Monkey, which is another absolute favorite Chinese black. I always dither over my morning tea decision, but I’ll probably have this one again tomorrow since I love it so much.

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334 tasting notes

Another great tea from Mandala. The dry tea has a lovely cocoa-like aroma, and it brews up to be unbelievably silky and smooth, light but substantial. The cocoa notes are a major part of the charm, in addition to a fresh petrichor and mineral notes. It’s not one of those black teas that are big-bodied or particularly malty, but highly worth savoring slowly. I enjoyed this even in spite of the intense summer heat today.

(On that note, I have been at my dream job for two months today—it’s definitely worthy of a nice cup of tea to celebrate!)

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331 tasting notes

Sipdown. Had this about every morning this week. When I’m not expecting too much, it’s a nice daily tea. Little bit expensive, I probably won’t be ordering this again.

3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1184 tasting notes

I thoroughly enjoyed this tea and tried to get at least 1 resteep (western style) every time I drank it. I would definitely order this tea again!

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340 tasting notes

Another sample from Nicole! I had this earlier today, and it was a good mid-day pick-me-up. It’s a very rich, dark, flavourful tea (I also steeped the whole 3.3g sample at once in my 10oz mug, so that might have contributed to the intensity). To me it tasted malty, earthy, spicy, a little fruity… quite complex and interesting. This one might be an eventual order. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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503 tasting notes

I’ve been saving this brew for a cold morning and today is that day. I am huge fan of this company. I have never been disappointed. I opened the package to reveal long slender tendrils of black and gold. The leaf gave off an enticing malt and chocolate aroma. I placed a good amount in my warmed gaiwan and gave it a shake. The aroma that arose from my brewing vessel was delicious! I took in strong scents such as coco, dark wood, slight cherry, and almost a vanilla. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The liquor began as a tarnished gold and then it deepens to a bronzed crimson. The flavor was amazing! This brew gives a thick mouth-feel and is syrupy. The intial flavor is creamy chocolate that mixes well with a slight spice and caramel. The brew carries a burnt sugar aftertaste with a thick huigan. This tea gave me a decent qi that made the morning just a bit more beautiful. I can’t get over how amazing this tea tastes. The flavor lasts long after drinking, and it continues to give a thick coating on the mouth. I love this brew, and I know that I’ll be needing to keep it well stocked.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Milk

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Doug F

Great review. I feel the same way about this tea; it has become a staple. I wish I knew more about this tea’s origin—where in China it comes from, what leaves are used, etc.


I’m sure Garret would be able to supply that information. He has always been helpful with me.


Hi! Thanks for the post! I love this tea, as well. I found it during my 2012 buying trip in the Yunnan Province. I was fortunate to have traveled through this area (and incidentally had the very best Chinese meal ever there). When I taste this tea, I am transported right back there. Thanks for reminding me to update the listing with the growing area. We are about to launch our new website and we are updating all that info there. Shooting for a launch at the end of this month. I also have several new raw pu’er pressings happening right now, one of which is from the exact same growing area as the Black Beauty. It’s going to be delightful. Joy to each of you, Garret

Doug F

Thanks Garret. I love comparing black teas and pu-erhs that essentially use the same raw material.


I can’t wait for the new website. I’ll definitely be scooping up some Sheng as well :)


BB is one of my very favorite teas. I have it almost every day mixed with my beloved Special Dark which I hoarded during one of Garret’s sales. I had some BB with lunch today :)


I’ve heard wonderful things about Special Dark, but I have yet to actually experience it. It certainty is on my priority teas :)


Sadly, unless you know some nice person (like oh say me) who can send you some you are kind of out of luck. SD sold out and it was a sad, sad day in Steeperland.


Hahah, I remember the day it sold out… I was amazed at the reaction I saw from the Steepster Communty. I’ve never seen so many :( faces, haha.


I’m happy to send you some if you want to try it


That’d be fantastic :) I’ll message you

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2389 tasting notes

Thank you for including a sample of this one, Nicole! The large wirey leaves have hints of brown to them. The brew is a pale brown. The flavor is pretty unique, but not strong enough for me (I don’t think I’ve slept very well in the last few days and I’m TRYING to avoid caffeine at night). There is a bright fruit flavor that is unique to this one… almost citrusy even, but mostly stonefruits. But it could be the tangy quality found in those ancient wild tree teas. Also, a bready fragrance to the dry leaf and hints of that in the flavor. Otherwise it tastes half like keemun and half like one of those Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong teas. (All three have a slight smoky quality to them.) I wish I could describe this one more, but I don’t think I’m quite awake while tasting. I definitely didn’t get chocolate notes – maybe because 1 1/2 teaspoons isn’t enough to get the chocolate notes but I used the entire sample I had. The second steep tasted almost exactly the same even though steeped completely differently.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 8 minutes after boiling // 1- 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 min


I wasn’t very generous with my Mandala samples… those fall into my hoarding/every day teas category of stash. I want people to try them to see if they like them enough to buy their own, but I didn’t want to run myself out of any of them. :) Talk to me after the next sale that I can’t resist and I may be willing to part with more for experimentation. :)


Oh but you were very generous! I completely understand with hoarding your favorites. :D I am extremely grateful to try one serving samples!

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1102 tasting notes

I really wanted to like this tea, but the more I drink black/red teas the more I like my cocoa-y…

Unfortunately, this is just a black tea with no real notes to pick out. Smooth, for sure, but doesn’t stand out. I do like how it is pure and not dry nor bitter.

Also: After this person near me has asked 4x to come drink tea with me and then cancelling they told me they are not interested anymore… I really dislike how I put a lot of time and set aside teas for them, but they just don’t take it serious after stringing me around.

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